Founder, Dirty Radish Travel & Consulting Company, Portland, OR
International woman of wonder
After decades of hospitality experience and years spent abroad, Ball founded Dirty Radish in 2017. The firm organizes and leads small-group culinary and wine experiences in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as well as the Beaujolais and Lyon regions of France. She draws from her experience as a manager/wine buyer at top Portland restaurants to provide hospitality consulting, where she designs and implements worker-friendly spaces for clients around the world. This summer, Ball cofounded the inaugural Juneteenth Saber Celebration, with a streamed program focused on the meaning of the holiday followed by a Sparkling Wine 101 course and a live dance party on Instagram. She’s also on the steering committee of the Assemblage Symposium. Next up: a hotel/restaurant project in Norway, and expanded Willamette Valley food and wine tours.